Rogers issues statement regarding possible $10 million fine

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A few days ago, we brought you a story about a possible $10 million fine headed Rogers’ way over some ads run on behalf of their Chatr Wireless company which the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB) claims make false statements about their competition. The ads in question were accusing competing providers, like Wind Mobile, of causing users to have more frequent dropped calls than Chatr, which the CCB feels is incorrect.

Rogers issued a statement saying that they are surprised by the Bureau’s actions, and affirm that they have valid third party testing to back up the statements made in the ads. Rogers plans on defending the action in court.

Continue reading below for the official statement from Rogers.

Rogers Communications Comments on Today’s Competition Bureau Announcement

Toronto, ON (November 19, 2010) – Rogers Communications commented today on the actions of the Competition Bureau regarding chatr wireless. “We’re surprised by the actions of the Competition Bureau,” said Ken Engelhart, Senior Vice President of Regulatory, Rogers Communications. “We have extensive, independent third party testing to validate our claims and we stand by our advertising. We will vigorously defend this action in court.”

“We’ve completed extensive testing in coverage areas across the country and there’s no question that the testing validates the advertising in market,” said Todd Stone, President & CEO, Score Technologies.

Score Technologies is an independent third party organization that specializes in network testing for leading wireless carriers across North America. About Rogers Communications Inc

Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada’s largest wireless provider. Through Cable, we are one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access and telephony services. Through Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com

About Score Technologies

Score Technologies Inc. of Lynchburg, Virginia, USA has been incorporated since November of 2008. The founder of Score Technologies Inc. has been involved in the wireless industry for 23 years. Score Technologies inc. has worked with Rogers, T-mobile, and AT&T over the past few years. Prior to founding Score Technologies Inc. Todd Stone was the Director of Operations for Nielsen Mobile and Telephia. He also worked for Comarco Wireless for 17 years, providing engineering and support for the wireless test equipment division.

  • the mechanic

    … $10 million??? for what? did rogers cause a fatal food poisoning outbreak? did rogers perpetrate a devastating oil spill? $10 million for doing nothing more than boasting about how good its product is in advertising material? holy smokes! since when is that illegal? the crooked federal government of canada really is shot to hell …

    … this malicious prosecution was brought not by unsatisfied rogers customers but by the lawless canadian government which is being used by two of rogers’ competitors to unfairly attack the company with hateful litigation. in actual fact, the CUSTOMERS of rogers are COMPLETELY SATISFIED with the product rogers is selling …

    … and why has the corrupt canadian government agreed to assist two of rogers’ rivals by undertaking a malicious prosecution against the beloved canadian institution? the reason is because the bankrupt stephen harper government is so flat broke it will go to any extreme to find easy cash, including by laying false charges against wealthy companies like this fabricated charge against rogers communications …

    … on the positive side, at least the filthy canadian government is taking rogers to court as opposed to unilaterally declaring the company guilty and then issuing an outrageous fine that can’t be opposed. there is no question in anyone’s mind that when this matter is challenged in court it will be tossed out, just like the stephen harper government should be tossed out …